The Belgian e-bike manufacturer Cowboy came on stage a few years ago and has made a name for itself as a manufacturer of app-controlled “intelligent” e-bikes.
Now the company has just announced its next generation e-bike, the Cowboy 4. It’s the fourth generation, in case that wasn’t clear.
In addition to the standard horizontal top tube, the sling-yer leg-over style frame is a new step-through option.
Old-fashioned, edgy men with beards would refer to these as “women’s bicycles”. Really, they are the best option if you are carrying luggage on the bike as it makes it easier to get in and out when you have rear-mounted panniers.
Be able to walk through The frame is always the easiest way to get on and off a bike rather than throwing your leg over the saddle.
The step-through frame C4ST also fits riders between 160 and 190 cm. The standard frame C4 fits drivers between 170 and 195 cm tall.
While the new frame now makes the Cowboy an option for smaller riders, it also offers a more comfortable upright riding position. A great option for those who don’t want the aggressive sportiness of Cowboy’s latest model or the C4.
Despite the different frame styles, both e-bikes share exactly the same hardware. We can assume that the riding experience of every bike is largely the same.
According to Cowboy, the powertrain also got a nice little performance boost. Every bike now has 50% more torque than the previous model.
The performance improvements are not at the expense of range. The C4 and C4ST are both designed to travel 70 km on one charge.
Another important innovation is the integrated handlebar setup. The previous Cowboy model had separate handlebars, stem, and phone mount, which was fine but not as classy as the competitor’s options.
Now the C4 models have a neat, fully integrated setup. The cables are routed internally and there are no unsightly screws. This makes the whole thing look better than before.
Back when my colleague Callum “Bike Boy” Booth checked The 2nd generation cowboy a few years ago, he loved it. But he did mention a few things that could be done to improve the cowboy.
Specifically, He criticized the lack of accessories for the bike. The lack of fenders left a “wet ass” and no porter means carrying luggage was a challenge. While the 3rd generation model had fenders, they were an optional extra for $ 90.
Fortunately, the new cowboy models can be equipped with a stand or a frame when they are purchased.
Better than that, Cowboy equips his bikes with fenders as standard. Praise the Lord! No more wet asses!
It keeps the good stuff
I’m really pleased to see that Cowboy is keeping pretty much all of the features that made it such an excellent electric bike, adding only subtle enhancements.
It still has the swappable battery, built-in lights, and the Gates carbon belt drive to keep things clean.
Based on what we know now, it looks like Cowboy really thought about what to add and improve on to make them better.
With the improvements Cowboy made, the C4 and C4ST seem almost the perfect e-bike. But will it be enough to overthrow VanMoof in the smart e-bike space?
We need to test one to see for ourselves if it does. Check out this section for a full review!
The price for the C4 and C4 ST is £ 2,290 each, including the fenders. You have a choice of three colors: black, sand and khaki.
Delivery starts in September.
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